Chocolate Cherry Cake


For my birthday I did not want a store bought cake. I would rather have a cake made for me at home because 1) I would know exactly what was going in it and I could figure out the points and 2) even though I love cake, I prefer homemade cakes so much more over store bought cakes.  I decided a chocolate cherry cake would be phenomenal and it would also be a crowd pleaser (which is always welcomed because it makes less food/dessert lying around)!
The great thing about this recipe is that not only is it incredibly Weight Watchers friendly, but it’s simple to make, moist, delicious and nobodywill know its points plus friendly!  My boyfriend was in heaven, I was in heaven and even my mother and neighbors daughter were raving about the cake.
Serves 12. 4 Points Plus values/serving.
Ingredients:
  • 15.25 oz Betty Crocker Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • No Sugar Added Cherry Pie Filling (I used the Walmart brand because the sugar free Comstock isn’t sold at my local grocery store)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • Non-stick Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 (or whatever temperature is listed on the back of your cake mix box depending on how you decide to bake these – whether in a cake pan, cupcake pan or bundt pan).
In a large bowl mix together the cake mix, cherry pie filling and eggs in a large bowl. Blend well until combined.  If your mix isn’t combining completely or is too “fudgy” add in the ¼ cup water and mix well to combine.
Spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the cake batter into the pan. Smooth out the top and bake per the box directions.  My oven cooks fast, so my cake was done in 27 minutes.

Let the cake cool completely and then cut into 12 even pieces.

I topped my slice with 2 tablespoons of fat free cool whip making it a completely guilt-free treat.  The cake is even delicious the day after because it is VERY moist.

Skinny Cow Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream Cones


I’ve learned over the years that having delicious ice cream, doesn’t mean that you have to have ice cream which is loaded with unnecessary fat and sugar.  Most people assume when you’re on a weight loss journey that there are certain things that are just off limits – and that’s not the case.  You can have anything you want in moderation, but it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it or not.  Some full-fat ice creams are just not worth it in my eyes, so in those cases I reach for healthier alternatives to ice cream – one of my favorite brands being Skinny Cow.
I spotted the Chocolate Covered Cherry Ice Cream at Target, so I decided to pick it up because it sounded delicious.  It’s got cherry low fat ice cream which is wrapped in a chocolate cone with fudge topping.  Now I love chocolate covered cherry chocolates, so I figured this just had to be delicious – and it was!  The ice cream was a delicious cherry flavoring mixed with a bit of chocolate sauce.  I am a cone fan, so the chocolate cone was definitely a home-run!
The greatest part?  The ice cream only has 150 calories in it, and it’s only 4 points plus.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite Skinny Cow ice cream?

Weight Watchers Snacks Haul


I picked up a few items at my Weight Watchers meeting a few weeks ago primarily because I really wanted to try one of them and the others sounded interesting.  In celebration of Weight Watchers being a withstanding business for 50 years, they came out with a new snack bar – Celebration Cake.  I’d heard so many people saying how delicious these bars were.  I had waited almost a month before I caved and picked up a box and I have to say they are absolutely delicious! They give you that definitive sweetness you’d get from a piece of birthday cake and I find the texture is a little spongey-ish.  Definitely really good and I find I’m able to have one without wanting another.  I also picked up a box of Fruities.  I’ve seen fruities for the longest time and finally decided to try them … I got a box of cherry, which are REALLY chewy candy bits (think Swedish fish just harder and chewier) and a box of Citrus Drops which are soft chews.
Of course all these products are only available at a Weight Watchers meeting or store-front.  Prices vary based on weekly/monthly sales, etc.
QUESTION:
Have you ever tried a Weight Watchers product?